Simon & Josh


Founder, Fords Gin

Simon Ford has been a part of the global cocktail community for over 25 years, with experience in bartending, educating on cocktails and spirits, and marketing some of the biggest spirits brands on the planet. In 2012, Simon co-founded Fords Gin, which was awarded ‘Best New Spirit’ at the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards in 2013 and received the Chairman's Trophy for ‘Best in Class Gin’ at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge. Fords Gin was acquired by Brown Forman in July 2019 where Simon is overseeing the marketing and international expansion of Fords. In addition to his life working with gin, Simon devotes time and energy to KidsPlay International, an organization supporting gender equity through sports in genocide-torn communities.


Bar Owner & Hospitality Legend

Miami based, Joshua Wagner is a trusted global hospitality leader amongst executives, professionals, celebrities, and guests alike. Over the last two decades, he has led world class teams bringing beloved food, drink, hotel, and entertainment concepts to the market. A true participant in the culture and community of hospitality professionals around the globe, Josh maintains a deep knowledge of wine and spirits with a passion for travel, arts, and meaningful human connection. After 15 years of building and managing guest experiences on properties throughout the world, he established Wagner Hospitality Consulting in 2017 to support investors, founders, and executives across functions of an intricate industry.